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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Congress Likely to Resist Attempts to Close Bases outside of BRAC, House Staffer Says

  • June 9, 2014
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Congress most likely would oppose an attempt by the Pentagon to use its authority to close an installation outside of a BRAC round, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee said last week at the Defense Communities National Summit. If the department tried to use section 2687, there would be “pushback” from lawmakers, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told attendees. Congress has “blunt weapons” to employ and likely would lower the workforce thresholds in the statute …

Five Installations Recognized for Outstanding Support of DOD Missions

  • June 8, 2014
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The Pentagon on Friday announced the 2014 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence: U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; and Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va. The award recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain the nation’s military installations, according to a press release. “Installation excellence enables better mission performance and enhances the quality of life for service members and their families. Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions,” it said.

Air Force Continues to Explore New Ways to Provide Installation Support

  • June 8, 2014
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The Air Force is considering alternatives ways to manage its installations as officials craft a plan that likely would move the service toward a more centralized approach. Speaking Friday at the Defense Communities National Summit, Brig. Gen. Timothy Green, the Air Force’s director of civil engineers and deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support, acknowledged that his predecessor, now a two-star general assigned as a special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, is leading the initiative. “She’s been asked to look at the art of the possible,” Green said …

BRAC Not Right around the Corner, House Staffer Says

  • June 8, 2014
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Citing unanswered questions about the level of surplus DOD infrastructure and the extent to which the military’s force structure will come down, if at all, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) expressed doubt Friday that Congress would approve a new round of base closures in the near term. The Pentagon has requested permission each of the past three years to conduct a BRAC round so it can shed some of its estimated 24 percent excess capacity. But Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit that he was skeptical of that figure because the department hasn’t assessed its excess capacity since 1999. “[That figure] doesn’t make sense to me …

Policy Bill Would Eliminate Army’s Authority to Close Arsenals

  • June 6, 2014
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The Army secretary would lose a pre-Civil War authority to shutter arsenals without congressional approval, under the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee. With both chambers poised to reject the Obama administration’s request for a new round of base closures for the third straight year, the provision would further restrict the military’s ability to pare down its infrastructure …

‘Money Isn’t Coming Back Soon,’ Analyst Says

  • June 6, 2014
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The steady decline in defense spending on both products and services almost certainly isn’t turning around anytime soon, according to a panel of defense industry experts appearing Thursday at the Defense Communities National Summit. DOD’s total obligations were down 16 percent from fiscal 2012 to 2013, said David Berteau, senior vice president and director of the national security program on industry and resources at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Contract spending dropped 25 percent since 2008, while spending on pay and benefits rose over that five-year period …

New Partnership Authority Helps Keep Army Museum Open in Fayetteville

  • June 5, 2014
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Sequestration had forced Fort Bragg’s commanding general last year to close the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C., on weekdays, before the post reached an agreement with the city to reopen the museum using a new authority allowing installations and municipalities to share support services. The agreement to pay Fayetteville for the museum’s custodial services relied on section 331 of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill and marked the first time the Army took advantage of the authority. The effort to work out a deal with the city to reopen the museum took several twists and turns, however, before a successful outcome was realized …

Michigan, Indiana and Ohio Receive Grant to Help Offset Reduction in Defense Expenditures

  • June 5, 2014
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The University of Michigan, in partnership with the Ohio State University and Purdue, was awarded a $2.4 million grant to provide on-call technical assistance to communities impacted by current defense procurement drawdowns, the DOD announced June 4…

BRAC Not out of the Question in Future, Wittman Says

  • June 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services Committee’s rejection over the past three years of the Pentagon’s request for additional base closures may not be permanent, according to the chair of the panel’s readiness subcommittee. “We’re not saying never do a BRAC,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said Wednesday during the keynote lunch at the Defense Communities National Summit. But DOD should wait to conduct a new round until it first has taken a look at its long-term strategic and force structure needs. “I believe we have to take this in the proper sequence,” Wittman said …

Need for Federal Strategy to Address Excess Defense Infrastructure Is Urgent, ADC Says

  • June 4, 2014
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Congress needs to grant the Defense Department sufficient authority to deal with its surplus of infrastructure, otherwise DOD will be forced to hollow out many of its installations and the economies of affected defense communities will suffer, according to a policy statement approved by ADC’s board of directors this week. ADC issued the policy statement as the Pentagon and Congress remain in a years-long stalemate over the need for a series of cost-saving reforms even as the defense budget is subject to stringent spending caps and the military draws down from 12-plus years of war. “In an environment of declining support for installations, the only solution is to confront head-on the nation’s excess military infrastructure,” Bob Murdock, ADC’s outgoing president, told the audience Wednesday at the Defense Communities National Summit …

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